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I can only get spark on Bayou 220 when starter is turning over but not engauging crank

I cannot get spark while pulling on the pull rope but I can get spark when the starter is turning over but not engauging the crank, what could cause this?

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You need to be more detailed in your post. We can't help you if we can't tell what you are dealing with. If your starter is turning the armature, but not engaging the motor, you might need another starter. You have bushings and brushes that work to make your armature spin. There is also a solenoid involved. The easiest answer to this vague question is to have another starter put on it. At least have yours bench tested by a professional. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: 2002 kawasaki bayou 220 will not crank

check ht cap and lead is good. is power getting to coil. check fuel is getting in carb and tank tap aint blocked

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